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App Connects Users With Local Indigenous History

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How much do you know about the native people who lived where you do now? This app aims to teach users the indigenous history of their area. 

It's called Native Land. Users input a ZIP code, and a map shows which tribes lived there, the languages those tribes spoke and other information, like treaties that were signed there. 

The project was created by Victor Temprano, a Canadian who calls himself a "settler." He is part of the company Mapster, which hosts other map-based projects and funds his project. 

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Native Land is still undergoing updates, but currently North America and Australia have the most detailed information. Temprano invites user input and contributions — he says he knows his map could have flaws. 

Temprano wrote: "Western maps of Indigenous nations are very often inherently colonial, in that they delegate power according to imposed borders that don't really exist in many nations throughout history. They were rarely created in good faith, and are often used in wrong ways."

In recent years, holidays like Columbus Day have garnered criticism for not accurately representing history. And U.S. schools have also been knocked for not teaching enough about Native Americans. 

But easily accessible apps like this could help expand people's understanding of history. 

Miguel Díaz-Canel Is Officially Cuba's New Leader

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Miguel Díaz-Canel is officially Cuba's new leader

This is the first time since 1959 that the leader of Cuba doesn't have the last name Castro.

The country's National Assembly confirmed Díaz-Canel's appointment Thursday morning after former President Raul Castro stepped down. Castro will stay on as first secretary of the Communist Party until 2021. 

Castro was originally set to retire Feb. 24 this year, but the country was still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, so his succession was postponed. 

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Díaz-Canel is already pretty familiar with Cuba's Communist Party. He's served as Castro's first vice president since 2013 and was the minister of higher education before that. NBC News reports he became known as an easy-going guy who rode around on a bicycle and wore Bermuda shorts.

As Newsy previously reported, he's unlikely to make any big changes for now — at least while Castro still has some power.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Drops Libel Lawsuits Over Russia Dossier

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has dropped the libel lawsuits he filed against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over the Russia dossier.

According to Politico, Cohen's attorney said his client decided to withdraw the suits so he can focus on recovering materials seized from his home, office and hotel room during FBI raids earlier this month.

Cohen's attorney told the outlet, "Given the events that have unfolded, and the time, attention, and resources needed to prosecute these matters, we have dismissed the matters, despite their merits."

Cohen filed the lawsuits in January. His lawyers argued their client's reputation was "permanently damaged by these false, reckless and unconscionable statements" made about him in the dossier.

The dossier suggested then-candidate Trump colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. Research firm Fusion GPS compiled the report, and BuzzFeed published it.

Buzzfeed said in a statement Cohen's decision to drop the lawsuits shows he "no longer thinks an attack on the free press is worth his time." And Fusion GPS said it wasn't surprised that Cohen withdrew his "meritless complaint."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Former Obama Adviser Explains How She Handles Trump's Policy Rollbacks

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Since the Trump administration took office in January 2017, the president has made it a point to roll back many of the Obama administration's key accomplishments.

Valerie Jarrett, who served as President Obama's senior adviser for eight years, worked on many of those accomplishments in one way or another.

During a speaking event April 12 at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Jarrett discussed what it was like for her to have many of those accomplishments overturned.

"Well see, it was never about us. ... I love the country. It was an incredible honor, and when we have the baton, we did the best we could," Jarrett said.

Jarrett explained that elections have consequences. 

"Eight years goes by amazingly quickly, and it's not enough time to really solidify everything, which is why you want to make sure the person who follows you believes in what you believed in," she said.

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But, Jarrett said people are more affected by the policy rollbacks than she is.

"It would be the DACA kids who are scared to death about whether or not they're going to get deported or the person who does have a pre-existing condition who's worried that when you don't have a mandate are you going to be able to afford covering people with pre-existing conditions," she said. "And so what troubles me as I travel around the country is how many people are really worried and scared, who are going to benefit from many of the policies and legislation and regulations that we put in place."

Jarrett explained that she takes a long view when it comes to our democracy, which she says has never been easy.

"It's always had periods of chaos ... I remember a lot of really tough times," she said. "The civil rights era people describe it through the lens of 50 years hence, but I remember what it was like when a church in Birmingham was bombed and four little girls died or when people walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and were hosed and stoned down."

Jarrett said change happens when people decide to get involved.

"The mighty, mighty force that will always win is you," she said. "And when you decide that you're going to show up, then a state like Florida that is with a governor who has an A-plus rating from the NRA probably changes the law in just a matter of weeks ... Really big things happen when citizens get involved. And so I think that in a sense, a sleeping giant has been awakened, and that's you."

Bezos Reveals How Many Customers Subscribe To Amazon Prime

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More than 100 million people worldwide are Amazon Prime subscribers.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos let that secret slip to shareholders in a letter released Wednesday.

It's the first time the company's ever publicly stated how many Prime members it has. It's been pretty vague in the past, simply saying it had "tens of millions" globally. 

Prime subscribers pay a yearly fee to get a number of benefits, including free two-day shipping and access to Amazon's streaming service.

Despite his Amazon Prime reveal, Bezos is still being cagey with some other company numbers. He used the "tens of millions" description to tell shareholders about the number of customers using Amazon Music and Prime Wardrobe.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

NYC Heliport Bans Open-Door Helicopter Tours

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One heliport in New York City is officially banning open-door helicopter flights.

The New York City Economic Development Corp. announced a ban on doors-off helicopter tours from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. The Wednesday statement makes an unofficial policy a permanent one.

The amendment came after an open-door helicopter crashed in New York City's East River, killing five people. But that flight took off from a location in New Jersey. The pilot was the only survivor.

The president of the NYCEDC said in a statement, "It is our hope that by officially banning doors-off helicopter flights out of New York City, we will help improve air safety within the five boroughs."

Up For Debate: Does Humanitarian Intervention Harm More Than It Helps?

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In partnership with Intelligence Squared U.S., Newsy brings you a snapshot of "Up for Debate." In this episode, experts consider the consequences of humanitarian intervention. Do Western nations have a responsibility to protect innocent people in other countries? Or does interference risk more harm than good? Catch a new episode of the full debate Sunday at 9 a.m. ET.

Trump Says He'll Leave The North Korea Talks If They Aren't 'Fruitful'

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During a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, President Donald Trump hinted at how his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might go.

Trump told reporters he's optimistic about the planned talks, which are expected to take place in the next few months.

"As you know, I will be meeting with Kim Jong-un in the coming weeks to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Hopefully, that meeting will be a great success, and we're looking forward to it," Trump said.

But he made it clear he would walk out of the meeting if it isn't "successful." 

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"If the meeting, when I'm there, is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting, and we'll continue what we're doing or whatever it is that we'll continue," Trump said.

Trump also said the U.S. will continue to exert "maximum pressure" on North Korea until the country agrees to denuclearize.

And that could be a real possibility, according to South Korea's president. Moon Jae-in said Thursday the North is showing a willingness to completely denuclearize and isn't making any unreasonable demands in exchange.

Kansas Secretary Of State Found In Contempt Of Court

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was found in contempt of court in a case involving the state's controversial voter registration law.

The law, which went into effect in 2013, requires Kansans to show some proof of citizenship — like a birth certificate or a passport — in order to register to vote. 

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law in 2016, arguing it violated federal law and prevented more than 35,000 people from being able to vote.

The judge sided with the ACLU and ordered Kobach to allow registration of anyone who tried to register but didn't provide proof of citizenship. On Wednesday, the same judge found him in contempt because he failed to update voter registration information on his website and didn't notify would-be voters about the change in their registration status.

Kobach, who served on President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission last year, is currently running for governor of Kansas. His office said he plans to appeal this latest ruling. 

'Miracle' Drug Reverses Overdoses, But Does It Fuel Addiction Cycle?

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Naloxone is called an opioid receptor antagonist. What does that mean? Well, it binds to opioid receptors in the brain and blocks incoming drugs, or it can also dislodge opioids that got to a receptor before naloxone was administered.

Quite simply, naloxone restores the brain and normal breathing. Opioids suppress bodily functions, including breathing. Somebody suffering an overdose can pass out as respiration grows slow and shallow. Naloxone reverses that in just two to five minutes

So those videos you see of people being rapidly revived — that's naloxone working.

Naloxone wears off after 30-90 minutes, so patients need to be monitored afterward. If they are heavy users or took an especially potent opioid, another dose might be necessary — sometimes more than one.

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Naloxone can be injected with a syringe, administered with an auto-injection device sold under the brand name Evzio or given by nasal spray, which is sold under the brand Narcan.

The cost of naloxone is spiking. A vial of generic naloxone used by medical professionals that cost about $4 in 2009 is now about $16. A two-dose auto-injector package that was introduced at $690 in 2014 has climbed to more than $4,500

There are other concerns. One is that naloxone is no match for more potent opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil. And that has drug companies and researchers working on alternatives. One, which is similar to naloxone, would last four times longer.

Another concern: Does naloxone make the opioid crisis worse? That's unclear. Some first responders say it increases opioid use because it reduces the fear of dying. Dayton, Ohio, police have revived one overdose patient 20 times. Middletown, Ohio, is considering limiting Narcan resuscitations to two per person because of the number of repeat offenders.

Maine's Gov. Paul LePage vetoed legislation in 2016 that would have made naloxone available without a prescription. He wrote: "Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose." A version of the bill passed a year later anyway.

Detractors might see naloxone as a crutch. Advocates call it a life-saver. One thing is certain: It saves lives in the short-run. The ultimate effect remains to be seen. 

New York's Governor Gives Parolees The Right To Vote

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Wednesday to grant conditional pardons to the 35,000 parolees in New York so they can vote. 

Currently, when prisoners are released and on parole in the state, they don't have that right. 

Cuomo reportedly said, "I'm unwilling to take no for an answer." 

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Cynthia Nixon, who's challenging Cuomo for the governor's seat, tweeted hours after his announcement, "We don't buy the Governor's new song-and-dance routine. Voter suppression in New York should have ended eight years ago." 

Giving parolees voting rights isn't abnormal. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports 14 states and the District of Columbia take away felons' voting rights while incarcerated but give them back once they are released. 

And in Maine and Vermont, felons never lose their right to vote, even while in jail or prison.

Trump: Japan Not Exempted From Steel, Aluminum Tariffs At This Time

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President Donald Trump is not exempting Japan from the steel and aluminum tariffs at this time. 

At a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe late Wednesday, Trump said he couldn't provide an exemption because of the "massive trade deficit with Japan."

The president did say he'd discuss relieving Japan of the taxes in the future if they could come up with a better trade deal.

The Trump administration's already temporarily exempted dozens of countries — including Canada, Mexico and members of the European Union — from the 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum. 

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And South Korea was granted a permanent exemption from the steel tariff after inking a new deal with the U.S. last month.

As The Associated Press pointed out, Japan is the only major U.S. ally that has yet to receive any sort of exemption from the taxes.

Trump and Abe said they're going to discuss "reciprocal" trade, though it's unclear if that means a bilateral trade deal is on the table. 

Brown Says Calif. Guard Border Mission Will Receive Federal Funding

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California will deploy National Guard troops to the southern border, with one major caveat.

Gov. Jerry Brown mobilized 400 troops to "combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers."

But more importantly, Brown's order does not allow California guardsmen to "enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier."

Brown and President Donald Trump had been trading criticisms in the last few days over the border mission.

Brown noted the federal government will fund the mission. 

Authorities To Release Findings From Investigation Of Prince's Death

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Minnesota prosecutors will announce the findings from their nearly two-year investigation into music icon Prince's death on Thursday. 

Whether or not anyone will be charged in relation to his death will be revealed during a press conference in Carver County, Minnesota, at 11:30 a.m. Central Standard Time.

An autopsy report says Prince died of a self-administered accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, but authorities still aren't sure how he got the drug. 

Prince was 57 when he died. 

The Method To The NBA's Uniform Madness

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If you've been watching the NBA this season, chances are you've seen some ... unusual uniforms. Like racing stripes. Or a "Miami Vice" tribute. Or just a giant deer head.

Whatever you think of all these jerseys, there's little doubt the NBA has the weirdest uniforms of any major American sports league. 

But there's a method to the NBA's jersey madness. The jerseys show the league's new-school approach to putting itself out there. It goes way beyond how the players look, and most importantly, it's working.

First, about those jerseys. They can seem pretty random, but the NBA and Nike, which makes the jerseys, know exactly what they're doing.

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Like just this year, when the NBA threw out the idea of designated home and away uniforms. Now the home team just wears what it feels like and the road team has to wear a different color.

The NBA and league Commissioner Adam Silver are showing they don't care if they have to break tradition to get something fans may enjoy on the floor. This is also how the league approaches pretty much everything.

Take social media, for instance. Lots of big-time sports leagues are fiercely protective of their game highlights and are often quick to crack down on people who post them online without permission.

Not in the NBA, though. They're happy more people are watching basketball, and highlights are a big part of what makes #NBATwitter so compelling.

The league is embracing some other new technologies, too. 

"With the first pick of the 2018 NBA 2K League Draft, Mavs Gaming selects Artreyo Boyd, aka Dimez, from Cleveland, Ohio," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

You read that right. That's a draft for people who play "NBA 2K," the most popular NBA video game. The league and the game's developer are paying gamers in the NBA 2K League more than $30,000 for a six-month contract, plus free housing, health insurance and a retirement plan. It's legit!

All this legwork is paying off. TV ratings, priority No. 1 for any big-time sports league, are up significantly for the NBA this year, especially among young people. Not a lot of other leagues can say that.

So if you're a little startled by the fashion statements you see on NBA broadcasts, just know it's all part of the plan.

Pittsburgh Police Prepare For Riots, Protests If Trump Fires Mueller

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Pittsburgh police are getting ready for potential riots in the event President Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. 

It's important to note the police department isn't acting on any specific intelligence or knowledge of Trump's plans. Rather, a protest is already planned, and more than 2,300 people have registered to join in if Mueller's fired.

That led Pittsburgh's police commander to order officers and detectives to wear full uniforms and carry riot gear starting Thursday.

Republican leaders have balked at taking steps to protect Mueller. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said he would block a bipartisan bill to let a special counsel seek judicial review after being fired. That bill would also require the firing be for "good cause."

Dream Jobs: Justin Schuble Of Instagram's @DCFoodPorn

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While studying business at Georgetown, Justin Schuble needed a creative outlet. So he started posting pictures of D.C.'s food spots on Instagram. In just five years, his account has grown to more than 200,000 followers from all over the world.

Justin shows Newsy's Chance Seales around his dream job.

Senates Votes To Allows Babies Under 1 Year On The Floor During Votes

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The Senate has unanimously voted to allow babies under a year old on the Senate floor during voting.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who just gave birth this month, wrote a resolution to change an old rule banning children from the floor. She called the old rule archaic and thanked senators "for helping bring the Senate into the 21st Century by recognizing that sometimes new parents also have responsibilities at work."

This decision is especially notable because change tends to happen slowly in the Senate. But to be fair, until now, there hasn't been a pressing reason to bring up this particular issue.

 Duckworth is the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN. 

President Erdogan Moves Up Turkey's Election Several Months

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On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for early elections. Presidential and parliamentary elections will now be held June 24, rather than in November 2019. 

Turkish citizens voted last year to create an executive presidency. The constitutional referendum, which only passed by 51 percent, removed the prime minister position and gave those powers to the president. It also stripped some powers from parliament. 

Erdogan campaigned hard for that referendum. Critics said the change would turn Turkey into a de facto dictatorship. 

Those changes won't go into place until the next round of elections. Erdogan's announcement just shortened that time frame by almost a year and a half.

Early elections would give Erdogan an edge. He's currently riding a wave of popular support thanks to last year's economic boom and recent military operations against Kurds in Syria. 

The shortened time frame would also undercut his main rival, Meral Aksener. She recently started her own nationalist party to challenge Erdogan's party and newly pledged ally, the Nationalist Movement Party. 

Also on Wednesday, Turkey's parliament voted to extend the state of emergency for another three months, which has been in place since the July 2016 coup attempt. That means the early elections will take place under the heightened security. 

New York AG Wants State To Prosecute Despite Presidential Pardons

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants his state to have the power to criminally charge people, even if they've been granted a presidential pardon. 

Schneiderman said in a statement Wednesday: "We are disturbed by reports that the president is considering pardons of individuals who may have committed serious federal financial, tax, and other crimes — acts that may also violate New York law."

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other lawmakers he wrote that historically, pardons have been used sparingly and with caution, but "recent reports indicate that the President may be considering issuing pardons that may impede criminal investigations."

If the requested amendment to New York law is approved, any pardoned Trump aides could still face legal action outside of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

President Donald Trump's lawyer reportedly discussed pardoning former advisers Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. 

Last week, Trump pardoned Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, Scooter Libby. Libby was convicted of lying to the FBI.